Western Civilization course syllabus

ru-logoUnfortunately, one of my colleagues at Rockford University has some health problems, so this semester I will be teaching Western Civilization III (1600-1900). Thanks to another colleague, Shawn Klein, who at the last minute agreed to teach Philosophy of Education, freeing me up for Western Civ.

The era 1600 to 1900 contains great material, though the circumstances under which I’m covering it are sad. I’ll be lecturing on the major events, movements, and individuals of the era, and our readings will draw from the following:

Galileo Galilei, Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina (1615)
John Locke, A Letter concerning Toleration (1689)
Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Justice (1764)
Adam Smith, On the Wealth of Nations (1776)
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence (1776)delacroix-liberty
James Madison, The U.S. Bill of Rights (1791)
Mary Wollestonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792)
Condorcet, Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind (1795)
Voltaire, Candide (1759)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Constitutional Project for Corsica (1765)
William Wordsworth, The World Is Too Much with Us (1802)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (1848)
Ivan Turgenev, Sketches from a Hunter’s Album (1852)
Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species (1859)
Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals (1887)

Here are the collected readings and my syllabus, both in PDF format.

One thought on “Western Civilization course syllabus

  • August 21, 2013 at 12:16 am
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    Fascinating course. The rise and fall of the West. But not all of the rise, and not all of the fall. Not the full reasonist Renaissance start, nor the current post-modernist socialist Dark Age.

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